Tara Arts’ Younger Creatives Project
Thur 25th April - Sat 12th June
We’re excited to have begun work on 'Tara Arts’ Younger Creatives Project', a series of ten online workshops, facilitated by award-winning writer, theatre-maker Guleraana Mir and international theatre director, writer and dramaturg Natasha Kathi-Chandra.
We will be working with the local Year 9 students from Southfields Academy, and their Performing Arts Teacher, Jo Risolino.
Our workshop sessions will explore storytelling, as well as how young people use social media platforms and create communities and networks today. Natasha and Guleraana will work with the Younger Creatives to capture their experiences thus far, as well as looking into their hopes, aspirations and dreams for the future.
Tara’s Younger Creatives will gain an insight and understanding into various roles in theatre, including writing, directing and acting.
The outcome of the workshops will evolve and be informed by the process of making. Our facilitators will get to know those taking part, and understand the mediums and platforms they like to use to create content. The Younger Creatives will spend six-seven weeks exploring this, and deciding what will work best as a piece they’d like to present.
The creative output developed from these workshops will be presented as part of Abdul Shayek’s first season as Artistic Director, with performances/ screenings to invited audiences scheduled to take place in Tara Theatre for June.
Guleraana Mir is an award-winning writer, theatre-maker, and one half of the female-focused theatre company The Thelmas. She regularly facilitates playwriting masterclasses in schools, community groups, and emerging writers. She is the leader of the National Theatre’s Writing for Theatre 16-21 programme and previously VAULT Festival’s New Writing Programme in 2020. She mentors on the MFA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Natasha Kathi-Chandra is an international theatre director, writer and dramaturg based in London, UK and Hyderabad, India. Besides her many credits as a director, she is also a facilitator for the Creative Learning team at Park Theatre where she is involved as a director and workshop leader for regular outreach, workshops and shows with young people & adults.